CLEVELAND: A nursing assistant has pleaded guilty in the nursing home abuse of an Alzheimer’s patient whose son recorded the mistreatment on a video camera hidden in an air purifier in the woman’s room.
The Plain Dealer reports 26-year-old Maria Karban of Cleveland pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault Thursday in Cuyahoga County and faces up to six months in jail. Her attorney declined comment until the sentencing next month.
Karban and another nursing aide are accused of abusing 78-year-old Esther Piskor between April 8 and May 15 at a at MetroHealth Medical Center facility.
Forty-five-year-old Virgen Caraballo of Cleveland pleaded guilty last month to seven felony counts of patient abuse or neglect and also is to be sentenced in January.
MetroHealth has fired the women and two other employees.